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Bavuma, de Kock partner in rejuvenating Proteas’ counter-attack on day two against Black Caps

BY MARC JACOBSON - MARCH 17, 2017
Bavuma, de Kock partner in rejuvenating Proteas’ counter-attack on day two against Black Caps

Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock, batting in the lower order, accelerated the Proteas to a redeeming 81-run lead at the end of day two against New Zealand in the second Test at the Basin Reserve in Wellington in the early hours of Thursday (SA time).

Looking detuned and out of sorts in the first 24 overs of the day, the Proteas stood at 94/6 and looked to crumble in their run projection for gaining any lead, before Bavuma and de Kock came in and waved redemption.

Retreating well and counter-attacking that early New Zealand bowling onslaught, the two projected a superb 160-run partnership, which by the time one of them went out, South Africa were just 14 runs behind the home side’s total.

De Kock was the first to go out for a fine 91 and Bavuma’s wicket fell just nine overs later for a stellar 89. Right at the tail-end, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander batted well, both unbeaten at the end of the day’s play. Morkel walked off with 31 not out and Philander 36 not out to polish off a full recovery for the Proteas to finish the day with 349/9.

For the Black Caps, Colin de Grandhomme and Neil Wagner contributed the most with the ball to aid their side for having to field the whole day; taking 3/52 and 3/96 bowling figures respectively.

Morkel and Philander will continue to keep strike on day three in attempts to build on the Proteas' 81-run lead. 

Image: Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma acknowledging each other for their 160-run partnership.